Kids and Screens: Causes and Cures for Digital Addiction

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*Registration payment includes Credit Cards and Interfund Transfers ONLY.

Target Audience

Pediatricians, Nurses, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Counselors, Teachers, School Administrators, Parents, Youth Workers


*****Online registration is now closed. Limited seats are still available and onsite registration will take place Friday morning starting at 7:00 AM.*****

This activity is jointly provided by Charlotte AHEC and Families Managing Media.

Experts from around the country will speak on the timely topic of childhood media addiction at the Kids and Screens: Causes and Cures for Digital Addiction Conference. This first-of-its-kind event will cover topics such as the diagnosis of childhood gaming disorders and addiction, media violence, social media depression, screen-related obesity and sleep disorders in teens, and the psychology of virtual persuasive design. We will examine the wide range of research with an emphasis on treatment strategies for effective outcomes.

Sheraton Charlotte Hotel - Carolina Ballroom
555 S. McDowell Street North Tower
Charlotte, NC 28204

07:00 – 08:00 am   Registration/Continental Breakfast/Exhibits
08:00 – 08:30 am   Welcome/Credit Review/Opening Remarks/Connect to Purpose - Melanie Hempe
08:30 – 09:30 am   The Diagnosis and Epidemiology of Video Game and Social Media Addiction - Paul Weigle, MD
09:30 – 10:45 am   Effects of Media on Children: Internet Gaming Disorder & the Five Dimensions on which Games have Effects - Doug Gentile, PhD
10:45 – 11:00 am   Break & Exhibits
11:00 – 12:00 pm   The Tech Industry's Psychological War on Kids - Richard Freed, PhD
12:15 – 12:45 pm   Lunch Lecture: The Screen Body - Jennifer McCauley, MD
12:45 – 01:00 pm   Break
01:00 – 02:00 pm   The Impact of Media Violence in Youth - Doug Gentile, PhD
02:00 – 03:00 pm   The Mental Health Effects on Social Media and Gaming, Links Depression, and Suicide in Adolescents - Paul Weigle, MD
03:00 – 03:15 pm   Break
03:15 – 03:45 pm   When Screens, Youth and Sleep Collide - Kenneth Weeks, MD
03:45 – 04:30 pm   Reclaiming a Healthy Childhood in a Digital Age - Richard Freed, MD
04:30 – 05:00 pm   Panel Question & Answers: Doug Gentile, PhD; Paul Weigle, MD; Richard Freed, PhD; Kenneth Weeks, MD; & Jennifer McCauley, MD

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Carolinas HealthCare System/Charlotte AHEC and Families Managing Media. Carolinas HealthCare System/Charlotte AHEC is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME Credit Statement
Carolinas HealthCare System/Charlotte AHEC designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 7.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

Continuing Nursing Education (CNE)
7.75 CNE Contact Hours will be provided to nurses who attend at least 90% of the conference. No partial credit will be awarded.

Charlotte Area Health Education Center(AHEC) Nursing Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing education contact by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

NC Psychologists Credit
Charlotte AHEC is an approved provider by the North Carolina Psychology Board and designates 7.75 contact hours (Category A) for NC Psychologists.

National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)

7.75 NBCC Clock Hours - Charlotte AHEC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5096. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Charlotte AHEC is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

Other Healthcare Professionals & Teachers
This Live Activity fulfills the requirement for .78 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), representing 7.75 contact hours. No partial credit will be awarded.

Teacher Discount
Please contact Melanie Hempe at to obtain code.

Hotel Accomodatioins
Le Meridien Charlotte is offering a special rate for $159 USD per night. Please use the link below to make your reservations:
Book your group rate for Families Managing Media.

Policy on Faculty and Sponsor Disclosure
Carolinas HealthCare System/Charlotte AHEC adheres to the ACCME Standards regarding industry support of continuing medical education. Disclosure of faculty and commercial support relationships, if any, will be made known at the activity.

ADA Statement
If you need any auxiliary aids or services identified in the American with Disabilities Act in order to attend this conference, please call Kiley Hendrickson at 704.512.6577 or by email at

Disclaimer: By registering for the program, you authorize Charlotte AHEC to release your name, city and state to attending commercial supporters. Please contact the program support listed below if you have any questions or concerns.


  • Identify symptoms of behavioral addiction and evidence supporting screen addiction
  • Identify dangers of violent media overuse and progression
  • Identify links and strategies to improve healthy lifestyle


Kiley Hendrickson BS


May 17, 2019
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
May 17, 2019
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Check-In Time
8:00 AM
0.78 - CEU
7.75 - NBCC Hours
7.75 - CNE Contact Hours
7.75 - AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM
7.75 - Contact Hours (category A) CE for NC Psychologists
Sheraton Charlotte Hotel
May 17, 2019
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sheraton Charlotte Hotel
Contract Fees
Regular Registration
Exhibitor Fee
Unrestricted Educational Grant
NBCC Hours
CNE Contact Hours
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Contact Hours (category A) CE for NC Psychologists